Creating new senses for humans

I just watched this TED talk with David Eagleman, and I am impressed, astonished and excited for the future of our species. After seeing all the different ways our brain is able to process sensory input in this video, I am convinced that Eagleman's 'Mr. Potato-head' analogy is not far off at all. If blind …

Europa

NASA's budget for 2016 was announced on Monday, and within the 18.5 billion they received, is 30 million specifically for a robotic mission to Europa. Europa has always been the hot spot for the possibility of life in our solar system, and now we may be able to catch a glimpse of anything living beneath …

AI to End the Human Race?

You may have read one or more articles today about dire warnings from scientists about AI. This is because Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others have signed an open letter detailing their concerns about the advancement of artificial intelligence technology. If you read the letter, you will see that it is much along the lines of …

Human Species

I've just started taking a class on Coursera, 'A brief history of humankind'. The first lecture was very interesting and I learned that the multiple species of humans--homo erectus, homo neanderthalensis, homo floresiensis and so on--were not simply links in a chain leading to us, homo sapiens. All these species of humans lived at the …

It’s everywhere..

I'm talking about bacteria, the dominant form of life on earth. Don't believe me? Consider this: The biomass of bacteria exceeds that of all other plant and animal life combined. Bacteria can evolve to eat anything, including asphalt, plastics and even nuclear waste. Bacteria can live in scorching deserts, the freezing arctic, at the bottom of the ocean, …